Roy’s Riviera aim­ing for VDJ


FRANK ROBIN­SON is tar­get­ing his classy mare Roy's Riviera at the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July and is also look­ing for­ward to a fea­ture cam­paign with his im­pres­sive de­but win­ner Love Bomb.

Mean­while, his ver­sa­tile en­tire Roy Had Enough, who looked to be an eLan Gold Cup con­tender this year, is likely out for the rest of the sea­son due to a ten­don in­jury he suf­fered down in Cape Town.


Robin­son gave the Aus­tralian-bred All To Hard mare Roy's Riviera a month's break af­ter her win in the Grade 3 Flam­boy­ant Stakes over 1 600m at Hol­ly­wood­bets Greyville on Box­ing day, where she showed her usual fine turn of foot to mow down some good fil­lies like Vis­tula and Silent Cru­sade.

He is now build­ing her up for the SA Cham­pi­ons Sea­son.

Last year she put up some notable per­for­mances in the KZN win­ter, in­clud­ing a nar­row third in the Kings Cup, win­ning the Listed East Coast Hand­i­cap over 2000m and fifth place fin­ishes in both the Grade 3 Lons­dale and the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet.

In the last men­tioned of those races she was caught three wide the whole way and yet was still only 1,20 lengths back at the line.

Robin­son pointed out she had beaten Miyabi Gold in the East Coast Hand­i­cap (by 0,65 lengths when re­ceiv­ing 1,5kg) and the lat­ter had gone on to fin­ish fifth in the July.

He said, "She will come into the July with a light weight and I think she will be a mas­sive run­ner as she stays well."

Robin­son was con­fi­dent of two-year-old Love Bomb's chances be­fore her de­but last Wed­nes­day at Hol­ly­wood­bets Greyville.

He pointed out she had jumped left in her bar­rier trial but had then made up a huge amount of ground in the straight.

Her fin­ish­ing po­si­tion, a 6,45 length fourth to the use­ful three-year-old Danc­ing Feather, was no dis­grace.

Nev­er­the­less the book­mak­ers opened her at a gen­er­ous 18-1, partly due to the pres­ence of the Rob­bie Hill-trained Win­ter Whis­tle, who had done well in a bar­rier trial.

In the race, over 1 000m, on the poly, Love Bomb re­laxed su­perbly at the back of the field and then took off at the top of the straight.

It was soon race over and the strongly built filly crossed the line 4,30 lengths clear.

Robin­son will ei­ther go the Grade 1 Al­lan Robert­son route, which he is a bit re­luc­tant to do as he said it was a very tough race, or he will aim her at the Grade 1 Golden Slip­per over 1400m on July day and the Grade 1 Thek­wini over 1600m on Gold Cup day.


Her dam Bolo­val, who is by Cap­tain Al out of the Grade 3 Debu­tante Stakes win­ner Rambo's Love, was bought for R500,000 at the Na­tional Year­ling Sales in 2011 into the Her­man Brown and Frank Robin­son joint train­ing op­er­a­tion.

Robin­son was left on his own in 2013 when Brown re­tired and af­ter Bolo­val's first three runs for a fourth, sec­ond and fifth he was able to pur­chase her from the orig­i­nal owner for R30,000 on be­half of Greg Whit­taker and Gavin Wig­gill.

In her first start for Greg and Gavin she won a maiden eas­ily by 2,25 lengths over 1200m at Clair­wood.

Robin­son re­called, "She won nicely and I thought she could go all the way.

“She was from quite a good fam­ily and was a mon­ster, big and strong."

How­ever, af­ter one more run, she un­for­tu­nately rolled in her sta­ble one day and frac­tured a hock.

Re­tired to stud, she was then sent to Mogok but dropped the foal mid-term.

She was sub­se­quently sent to Ideal World, where she once again dropped the foal.

How­ever, she then fi­nally had a full term preg­nancy and gave birth


The foal im­pressed Robin­son from day one.

He said, "From day one she was an ab­so­lute tank, a ball of mus­cle. I com­mented she looked like a 'bomb' and so we de­cided to call her Love Bomb." to


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In con­for­ma­tion she re­minds Robin­son of the Grade 1-win­ner he helped train, Cho­co­l­i­cious, but her win last week re­minded him of his good filly Olma, who had four wins and two sec­onds in six starts on the Hol­ly­wood­bets Greyville poly and was just as good on turf.

Greg Whit­taker's wife owns Love Bomb and her next start is be­ing keenly an­tic­i­pated.

Mean­while, Roy Had Enough will be given three months off.

Robin­son said ten­don in­juries were usu­ally dif­fi­cult to come back from but he pointed out on pedi­gree the Aus­tralian-bred by Pierro would make a good stal­lion as his grandam is a twice Group 1 win­ner, which in­cluded the Aus­tralian Oaks.





The Frank Robin­son-trained ROY’S RIVIERA. Pic­ture: Candiese Len­ferna

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